Tribes and Castes
Prominent Tribes and Castes Of Hafizabad
Many thousand years old caste system is still dominating the social set up of the district. This system not only affects the social life of the city but also the political affairs. Since a long time, the people of Hinjra and Aheer Caste were settled in District Hafizabad. However, Saansi, Gigray, Jogi, Rawal, Deendar, Malah, Bhirwaly, faqeer, Bhandha and Pakhiwas have also being living here among of these castes, bhatti, kharal and tarar are the major ones before partition, there was majority of people were Muslims here but large number of Hindus, Barhaman, Khatri, Kapur, Arorah, Khama and Chopra were also living here and they have great influence on the economic and social life. Sikh and Jatt were also included in great feudals. All of these Hindu and Sikhs migrated to India after partition at Muslims and different caste started living their as the result nature of caste system also change, so Hafizabad District can be divided into following areas according to castes and tribes.
Very famous caste in Hafizabad’s Area.They have developed their fame in the district,specially in political domain.Ch Mehdi Hassan Bhatti and his family is very prominent.In the history, Dulla Bhatti is well known for his brave acts for his resistance against King Akbar.
This area is consisted of East Hafizabad , Garhi Awan, Garhi Ghouse, Kot Hashmat, Kot Qadir Bakhsh, Burj Fateh Ali, Solangi Awan, Karyala, Nanuana and Kot Hassan Khan.
This area is situated in the West of Haifzabad for 16 km and is based on shah Jamal, Lakhi Shah, Loalian Wala, Peer Makal, Phulo Charagh Shah, Kot Mubarak and Rahgo Sayyadan.
This area is based on the North East parts of the district and the Eastern parts of Vanike Road . It also includes Sultanpura, Bhiri Chatha, Chatha of Aloudin, Sooian Wala, Ramke Chatha, Chak Ghazi, Marth Chatha, Nikki Chatha and Chatha Shamsa.
Their grandfather named Tarar, was an attendant in the army of Mehmood Ghazanvi. One of this off springs, named Nabi came Gujrat from Bhatneer (Bekanker). From his generation a person named Amrah came to Hafizabad after crossing Chanab and he settled there a village after his name that was Amrah Abad. Nabi had sever son’s as a result the Tarar caste is devided into more sever branches, in Mughal period., this nation had great power. Tarars had great distinction in Farming their ratio of education is also great as compared to tribes of Jatt in Hafizabad. Over all, Tarar is an intelligent, beautiful and bold nation in Hafizabad, their major centers are Kolo Tarar , Vanike Tarar, Muzaffar and Solpur.
Kharal is the most populated nation in Hafizabad. Apparently, they are known as Jatt but basically they are Rajput. They are from the generation of the popular Raja of Neshapur, Karan. One of the off springs left Neshapur and migerated to Punjab and fill finally reached Oach Shareef where he and his son were inspired by the preachings of Hazrat Makhdoom Jahanian and accept Islam as their religion. Kharal has 12 sons. Their generation moved to River Ravi from Och Shareef and settled there. But due to their internal conflicts, some of them came Hafizabad and started to reside there Chor Helra Phulbeer, Kalbeera, Lableera and Duluk are all branches of Karal. They are the hard working farmers occupy the largest part of Hafizabad.
According to the research of Mr. Morison, it is a brach of Kharal. But Lokhi Ke claim that they themselves are a separate nation. Their grandfather Lodhi belonged to Mozia Duvyapur which is situated at the bank of River Ravi. Later on he transferred to Sanglah. He had four sons. They all were notorious dacoit. They occupied the lands of Virks and Kinyaras and started farming there. When the Sikh era started, they populated their villages.
They are one of the old settled nations of the district their grandfather was Hinyaron or Lakhat who migerated here from Hisaar and he settled here a village named Esnajab. The ruins of this villege remained here for the centuries. This city was near Kolo Tarar. The same nation populated another village Mandhianwala. Its ruins remained in near post close to Dohatta Azmat. The people of this nation had given shelter to the Bhattis of Bhat near almost eight centuries ago, but later one they themselves a were dominated by them. Nine sub castes of Hinjra are living in Hafizabad. They are very efficient farmers. A large numbers of them has migrated to District Vahari from here.
There was a time when this nation was the mowst influential nation of this district. They are resding in the Northern East of Hafizabad. According to a tradition, they belonged to the generation of Chuhan Rajput and Raja Parthi Rai one of their grand son was Chatha. Generally they are considered Jatt.